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Common Climate Misconceptions

Tipping Points and Abrupt Climate Change

It is difficult these days to find an article about climate science without some mention of tipping points and the risk of abrupt climate change. Some prominent climate scientists and policy proponents have warned ominously that we have only a [...]

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Jimmy Carter’s Solar Panels: A Lost History That Haunts Today

The glass, aluminum, and stainless steel panels reclined at low angles and basked in the sun as the men in suits and ties, flanked by reporters, took to the West Wing roof to look at what they thought was the [...]

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‘Bad Air’: Malaria’s Temperate Return

A day without a car would be difficult for many Americans – even the most earnest, intrepid, or eco-conscious. So, how about a day with little food, unsafe water, and polluted air? Add a debilitating vector-borne illness such as malaria [...]

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Each Home, Business Entirely Sun-Powered; MIT’s Daniel Nocera: Sticking with His Vision

If Daniel Nocera’s energy vision prevails globally, each home and business will have its own, entirely sufficient power unit, charged by the Sun. Industry-produced greenhouse gases will be vestiges of the old order, as solar-based “personal energy” systems power everything [...]

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Scientists/Media Interactions Said More Frequent … and ‘Far Smoother’

A ‘Sea Change’ in Findings from 1,300 Researchers? Research scientists and journalists may be interacting lots more than generally thought, and the scientists’ experiences, at least, may be “far smoother” than generally thought. That’s the gist of a new research [...]

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Physics Society Restates Position After Blog-Driven ‘Kerfuffle’ Erupts

A recent “kerfuffle,” as a headline writer for FOXNews.com termed it, once again underscored the influence of the blogosphere’s echo chamber – and just how quickly it can spread bad information. The American Physical Society, APS, last month saw fit [...]

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Common Climate Misconceptions

Why Reducing Sulfate Aerosol Emissions Complicates Efforts to Moderate Climate Change

With all the attention surrounding carbon dioxide these days, it is easy to forget that there are a number of other important natural and human-driven factors (“forcings” in climate circles) that influence Earth’s climate.

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